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room." >>> happening now, just two days before the first obama/romney debate and our new cnn national poll shows the president's lost, lost his post-convention bounce. but there's a different story in the battleground states. >>> mitt romney could make a huge impact on the supreme court. how he could change the direction of the court for decades. >>> they make $10 a day to put their lives on the line. but they could lose their job ifs they don't lose some weight. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're now just 36 days from the presidential election and nationally our brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters shows the race between president obama and governor romney remaining up for grabs. the president leads 50% to 47%. but his three-point margin is within the poll's sampling error. our chief national correspondent john king is in denver getting ready for the debate over there. that's the site of the debate. john, take us into these numbers. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you this, talking to senior officials in the romney campaign, they b
and how barack obama and mitt romney plan to tackle these key american challenges. before we get to that, here's a look at some of the top stories making news today. >>> a desperate search for two tennessee children today, their home burned down a week ago but police say still no trace of the children. suzannesan candiotti is joining. >> reporter: at this hour, state investigators are using teams of people using dogs to search a wider area of the woods on both sides of the road around the house that was insin rated. with absolutely no physical evidence that the children were home when their grand charparen died in that fire, investigators are doing all they can to find those children. investigator have found no sign of 9-year-old chloe and 7-year-old gauge daniel. no signing the youngsters were there and so far no evidence they weren't when an inferno swept through the home where they lived with their grandparents. friends an family don't understand and neither does anyone else. >> i think something's very fishy. >> the more you find out the more questions you have. >> reporter: helicopt
very much. happening now, mitt romney launches a new tour of battleground states attacking president obama for calling the latest setbacks in the middle east bumps in the road. >>> the president is focusing in on world peace as he prepares to address the united nations. he's also making time to woo women voters. >>> and a tv first, u.s. marines are giving new details about one of the costliest attacks on u.s. airpower in decades. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> with only 43 days to go until the presidential election, mitt romney is starting to zero in on a handful of battleground states that will decide this election. one of those states is colorado, where romney just wrapped up a rally at the pueblo airport. our national political correspondent jim acosta is standing by live. jim, what happened? >> reporter: wolf, with the calendar shrinking and the debates fast approaching, mitt romney is starting to barnstorm through crucial swing states like here in colorado. he knows he has serious ground to make up. today he tried to do just that on the subject of foreign
both mitt romney and president obama haveeen campaigning i the same battlegroun state. this time it's virginia where both men targeted the same group of voters. let's walk over to cnn's naon political correspondent jim acosta who's been out on the campaign trail wahingt' going . another dramatic da. virginia, virginia, virginia. pretty important place. >> that's right. a rare visit to washington for me. but it's good to be home, wolf. all politics is local. so it was no surprise to hear both candidates hit on national security themes today in their speeches in virginia. but the state is much bigger than that. it's really a republican firewall for mitt romney. in battleground virginia, both president obama and mitt romney pulled out the heavy artillery before a group of veterans, romney slammed the president for the massive defense cuts part of the fiscal cliff coming at the end of the year. >> it is still a troubled and dangerous world. and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. and when i become president
idea. >> i think tmitt romney has to frame the terms of this debate before october 3rd. september has been a september to forget. he needs to change the dynamic of this race before then. >> i'm sure we'll be talking more about it all this week. >>> tomorrow on "starting point" new york giants star wide receiver vikt tctor cruise willn us. director and actress penny marshall. she's got a memoir out. we'll talk to her. >>> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins now. >> stories we're watching right now in the "newsroom." >> do you fear that war is imminent? >> the united nations has a warning for the iranian president. cool it. but mahmoud ahmadinejad already has strong words for israel as he gears up for his big speech in new york city. >>> a dramatic search for survivors on one of the world's highest mountains. now rescue crews are deciding whether they'll be able to find any more survivors. >>> high school students in new york can now get more than just an education at school. officials are handing out the morning after pill to teens. some of their parents likely don't know a thing
's get right to it. >>> mitt romney raising cash and rallying his supporters for 39 days to go until the presidential election. both romney and mitt romney speaking at fundraisers today. romney held one earlier in philadelphia. the president has one later in washington. at a campaign rally last hour at a military acted any many pennsylvania romney hammered away at the president over the economy. >> i have to tell you that i don't know how a single person who goes to this institution could consider voting for the incumbent for president. i say that for this reason. if they want to go in the military, why, he is planning on cutting our military by about $1 trillion over the next decade. if they want to go on to either get a job directly or go on to a four-year college and come out with a gee, you know that 50% of kids coming out of college today can't find a job or a college level job. on both fronts, this president's policies have not worked for the young people of america. >> their first debate happens on wednesday. the romney team is downplaying expectations. romney advisor beth mye
'll be on the road through wednesday's presidential debate. >>> mitt romney is keeping a low profile this weekend. he went to church outside boston. he had no public events yesterday or today. he heads to colorado tomorrow where he'll hold a rally and continue his preparations for wednesday's showdown debate in denver. >>> meantime republican party officials cut ties with the consulting firm that florida election officials say turned in suspicious voter application forms. cnn's david mattingly has been investigating. what have you learned? >> this is florida. it's always close there. hugely important to both sides. we know it's going to be close this time. any time the topic of voter registration fraud comes up, it's going to get a lot of attention. strategic allied consulting was hired to register people to vote. that sounds pretty denine, like it wouldn't be a big problem. here is what happened. that company was fired last week by the republican national committee after one of the employees of that company, just one, may have provided false signatures on some of the documents that he was filling ou
. >>> crunch time in the race for president. barack obama and mitt romney trade prime time shots at each other with just six weeks left in the race. >> disaster at 20,000 feet. dozens still missing after an avalanche on one of the world's highest peaks. >>> and upset at the emmys. a new upstages "mad men" and grabs the top trophy. good morning. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. >>> our big story off the bat, tensions rising in the race for the white house. mitt romney promising to get more aggressive in the final six weeks of the campaign. he said the president has been intentionally misleading voters about his positions. we have two telling pieces of sound to play. first, listen to president obama's heated words responding to criticism on his foreign policy. then listen to romney counter about the president's attacks on his own positions. >> i've executed on my foreign policy. it's one that the american people largely agree with. so, you know, if governor romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. >> i'm not going to try to fool people into thinking he be
. mitt romney heads to colorado tomorrow, where he'll hold a rally, and continue his preparations for wednesday's showdown in denver. he went to church this morning outside boston, but held no public events over the weekend. >>> in iraq, at least 30 people were killed today in a wave of bombings. some explosions hit in or near baghdad. it is the deadliest day in iraq in nearly a month. shiite muslim communities appear to be the main targets of the attacks. >>> a christian pakistani girl accused of desecrating the koran is set to be cleared of all charges. tomorrow a juvenile court in pakistan is expected to uphold a police investigation that found the 14-year-old was not only innocent, she was framed by a muslim cleric in her hometown. the cleric now faces blasphemy charges of his own for tearing pages out of a koran to use as evidence against the child. >>> and this is the center of a desperate search for two little children in middle tennessee. a family home that burned down last weekend, everyone believed a 9-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother were among those killed. but
they been abducted? >>> when you are running for president, every moment counts. even mitt romney's running mate admits there have been a few bad moments lately. >> i think he is being humble. >> two of our favorite political analysts on whether romney can recover at this week's presidential debate. >>> what happened? the u.s. team falls apart and the europeans take the ryder cup back home. >> and is there life out there? nasa says a river really did run through it. more evidence there may have been life on mars. >>> good evening, everyone. you are in the "cnn newsroom." let's get you up to speed. the presidential candidates are headed west. president obama is in nevada tonight holding a rally at desert pines high school. let's take a moment and listen in. >> i will use the money we are no longer spending on war to do nation building here at home, rebuilding roads and bridges and putting americans back to work and that's part of what makes america strong. that's what we're going to do. so this is the choice we face in the election, and this is what the election comes down to, and i know you
, sir. we appreciate you taking the time. and president obama and mitt romney have something to common. they're both being called liars. plus, could legalizing marijuana in a battleground state sway the presidential election? there is big money involved. john avlon out front in colorado and a second american airlines flight has to make an emergency landing. a row of seats comes loose. can planes really fly in bankruptcy? the wheels of progress haven't been very active lately. but because of business people like you, things are beginning to get rolling. and regions is here to help. making it easier with the expertise and service to keep those wheels turning. from business loans to cash management, we want to be your partner moving forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together. >>> "outfront," our second story, liar, liar. according to the romney campaign, that is the president's strategy. >> the president does a very good job of trying to mislead so he can win this thing by default. >> stop lying, mr. president. >> i think the challenge i'll have is that the president ten
that the romney campaign is spending any campaign money advertising in pennsylvania. if they are, it is really not much. but as i say, maybe there is something that his campaign knows that we don't yet know becae righnow it looks like obama is doing really, really well innsylnia. and the surrounding new jersey, new york, or maryland for that matter. i roey doeshave a sho viouslin some of the other states like ohio, not that far away, but pennlvania looks like a long shot. he w doing som fd-raising there earlier today, had a rally in pennsylvania, but see if this is serious, this notion that he p has a shot pennsylvani it would be a amatic shift. >> wow,e h,wolf, a lot of s real turning ich begi wednesday in denver. no we also have received this memo fm a romney senior adviser that mes it sounas though romney is the underdog. let me read a portion o now. saying president obama is uniquely gifteead is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in mdern hitory. this will be the eighth one on one presidential debate of his political career. for mitt romney, it will be his
speech in pueblo, colorado. let's listen to mitt romney, his voice getting hoarse here, 43 days before the election. mitt romney spinning out a series of campaign promises just moments ago. >> we're going to see more jobs, we're going to see more take home pay. you're going to see your kids when they graduate from high school or graduate from college, they're going to be jobs waiting for them. we're going to make sure all of you who are waiting or living paycheck to paycheck you'll finally be able to save a little bit, put a little aside. you'll be able to go to the movies again, go out to dinner. this is the way it is supposed to be in america. we can do better than this president, i will do better than this president has done for the american people. >> jim acosta there in pueblo, colorado. we heard you, romney's voice starting to crack and it brings to mind bill clinton, before the '92 election, barely, remember barely able to speak. romney is not quite there yet. but we still have six weeks to go and let's remember, jim acosta, romney endured a bruising months long primary,
leap, debate opponents in a single bound. >> we know that governor romney's been practicing for months. i think the invasion of normandy took less preparation than he's putting into these debates. >> he's articulate, smart. he did a great job in 2008 during that campaign as a debater. he had some tough debates with hillary clinton and he performed well. >> well, that was rob portman, of course, who has been prepping governor romney. before that, senior obama campaign advisor david axelrod. each has been working as though the entire campaign depends on what happens in next week's debate. the question is will it? we will talk about that in a moment. first, one indisputable truth, debates can make history. >> i have been -- >> september 26, 1960. the first televised presidential debate, signaling a new era where appearances matter more than ever and gaffes, however small, are magnified. >> the goals are the same for all americans. >> john f. kennedy, a young senator from massachusetts, facing off against vice president richard nixon, who is known to be a fierce debater. but on screen, ken
until the first presidential debate, president obama and mitt romney will have the chance to press one another to answer questions that they themselves have been reluctant to answer. we'll run through some big ones, keeping them honest tonight. first, we've got some late polling. new cnn/orc numbers that show the race tightening. president obama still leads among likely voters 50% to 47% but that three-point gap is within the poll's margin of error. by comparison, just after the conventions, mr. obama got a four-point bounce to put him in the lead by six. the president's favorable rating meantime remains above the crucial 50% mark at 52%. mr. romney is close but still in negative territory at 49%. he enjoys an edge on handling the deficit and joblessness, but trails on virtually every other big issue, including medicare, taxes and foreign policy. keeping them honest, when it comes to some of those issues, both candidates have come up short either on specifics or credibility. issues like cutting taxes without ballooning the deficit or burdening the middle class. the romney campaign has
away. first debate is in nine days. romney says he is going to run on his record while challenging the president's record. the criticism of romney by fellow conservatives led to a heated back and forth. >> which side are you on? >> the "wall street journal" editorial page, laura ingram, rush limbaugh. i can go on and on. >> rush limbaugh -- >> if you want to blame the media for mitt romney's inept campaign bsh peggy noonan it said best, this is a nightmare of a campaign, and the most troubling thing is that it's not that a lot of us republicans don't think he can win. we do believe he can win, but when he says he has no need to turn this campaign around after a disastrous week where you see ohio slipping away, wisconsin slipping away, iowa slipping away, michigan slipping away. that is a political concern. not an idealogical concern. that is a political concern. >> political editor paul steinhouser joining us live. the talk shows over the weekend really extraordinary when you watch them and see the kind of back and forth, really the split within the republican party people outside
romney square off in denver for the first of three critical debates. president's being prepped in nevada today. and the gop challenger has some ground to make up because a brand-new "washington post"/abc news poll this morning has the president leading by two percentage points among likely voters. it's not unusual for candidates to try to lower expectations in the days leading up to dedebate. republicans have been playing up the president's eloquence, ever since last week. but it seems somebody forgot to tell new jersey governor chris christie, because he was setting the bar high for mr. romney. listen. >> he's going to come in wednesday night, lay out his vision for america, he's going to contrast what his view is with what the president's record is, the president's view for the future and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> upside down is what he says. in just a few minutes we're going to be talking about wednesday night's debate and the president's preparations with brad woodhouse, communications director for the democratic national committee. f
campaign you ask. a mailer making the rounds in northern virginia from the romney campaign touts the candidate's strategy of doing more to fight the spread of lyme disease. yes, that is a real flyer. and earlier, the obama campaign, the burse python was a real concern for the obama campaign. a tweet from obama's press secretary ensured that residents knew the administration has banned import of the snake. now, you may laugh and there is some humor in this, but it is r very, very serious for some. ticks and snakes. because these micro targeting campaigns can really move the needle. they're important to crucial voters in crucial states like florida and virginia. ben smith, david frum, former adviser to george w. bush and corey elons. great to see you. so, you know, david, i have to say, lyme disease with so many to joke about this, it's got to be there's some crucial core of lyme disease cases and this is something people care about. turns out loudon county, northern virginia, has one of the highest rates of lyme disease in the country. could this issue really resonate? >> resonate
, and colorado. why colorado? take a look at this. >> yeah, hi. >> would you vote for romney or obama? >> wait. i thought you were registering voters a minute ago. >> i am. >> who are you registering? all voters? >> well, i'm actually trying to register people for a particular party because we're out here in support of rom my, actually. >> and who is paying you for this? >> oh, the -- let me see. we're working for the county clerk's office. >> okay. you cannot come out here and register one party, lady. are you working for the county clerk's office? i got it all on tape. are you working for the county clerk's office? >> i believe so, yes. >> and you are only registering republicans? >> nope. >> you said we're only registering romney people. >> well, we're trying to, to be honest. >> and you're working for the county's office? what's your name? >> well, that seemingly confused young woman did not work for the county clerk's office. instead she worked for strategic allied consultants. the executive director of the county's republican party said the company's bad business practices led to that incid
's going to hold a rally later this evening. mitt romney is keeping a low profile this weekend. he went to church this morning outside boston but heads to colorado tomorrow where he will hold a rally and, of course, continue his preparations for wednesday's debate. >>> key decision makers from across washington attended today's annual red mass. they include six of the nine supreme court justices. what is the red mass? it's an annual event that aims to bring people tok to pray for members of the judiciary before the court begins hearing cases. it's called the red mass because, well, you can see, the clergy there are wearing red garments. some people criticize the service and see it too much of a mix of religion and government. >>> police in middle, tennessee, have a real mystery on their hand. they're searching for a 9-year-old girl and her 7-year-old half brother. they were thought to have sdid in a house fire that killed their grandparents. investigators have found no sign of the children. here is the urgent part, the house fire happened a week ago. the kids have simply vanished. >>> n
romney also spoke to netanyahu by phone. >>> well there are only 38 days left until election day. early voting has already started in a few states and even more kick it up next week. also next week, the first presidential debate. that's on wednesday. but the candidates are already warming up for that. >> change is going to take more than one term or one president or one party. it's not going to happen if you write off half e nation. election day, 47% of people did not vote for me, but i said i may not have your vote, but i hear your voices, i need your help and i will be your president, too. >> and to the battleground state of new hampshire where the republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan is speaking right now at a cam ppaign rallyn derry. paul ryan firing up the crowd. what's he saying? >> he is talking about the economy, talking about the deficit, talking about four years of president obama would be detrimental to the country. it's pretty plain and simple. president obama and republican nominee mitt romney are laying low today because they're getting ready to prepare for the d
romney is also scheduled to have a telephone call with benjamin netanyahu today. is this about politics? is this necessary. how did that get on the agenda? >> perhaps a little of both. mitt romney who has been critical saying the president has thrown israel under the bus recently saying the obama administration has a, quote, chronic disregard for the security of israel, so now in the same day that the president will be having this phone call with benjamin netanyahu, mitt romney's campaign saying he, too, will be speaking with him by phone. this is a chance for mitt romney to again show that he is a friend to israel and that he is committed to making sure that iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon. >> okay. dan lothian at the white house. thanks very much, live for us this morning. it merits repeating that they have had a strained relationship almost from day one. here with me to talk about the diplomatic implications, foreign affairs reporter elise levitt. you have been watching this all week and seen all the accusations. is what dan just reported on enough to smooth the ruffled feathe
the evangelical vote is so important to both barack obama and mitt romney, what do you say to your flock when they come and see you and say look, joel, i can't work out who to vote for, what do you say to them? >> well, piers, i just go back to a central theme of encouraging everybody to vote, to search their own heart, because it's interesting, good people of faith can read the scripture and interpret it differently. i have democrats and republicans in our church that love the lord, you know, that couldn't be any better people but they just, you know, different issues speak to them. >> the president, though, is a conventional christian. mitt romney is a mormon. and there are fundamental differences. the holy trinity definition in both is very, very different. the mormons beeve there are the father, son and holy spirit. obviously, the christian faith believes they're all the same thing. how do you deal with that? surely your natural leaning would be towards the guy that believes the same that you do. >> i think you're right in that instance. i think also, though, you look at the whole totalit
. mitt romney talked about the challenges during campaign speech last night in denver. >> the president has a foreign poli that has been characterized as leading from behind. by the way, that is another word for being a follower. we have heavy hearts as we lost diplomats overseas in libya and heavy hearts as we see our flag being torn and burned. this is a challenging time as we look around the world. >> what do voters think? in this new poll the majority of voters favor president obama when it comes to foreign policy. there are the numbers there. so moving on a little bit. these caused sparks to fly. don't be surprised if the iranian president, mahmoud ahmadinejad does it again this week and if the remarks cause the u.s. and several other delegations to walk on out and leave as he speaks. the u.s. secretary general warned him to keep a lid on his fiery rhetoric when the two met in new york yesterday. that did not stop ahmadinejad from speaking out about hints from israel that it might strike iran's nuclear sites. ahmadinejad said iran doesn't take that possibility seriously but did iss
stands. this morning, we're sizing up where president obama and mitt romney stands on issues one issue at a time. gun control is a threat to all law abiding gun owners. on the other, gun control is the only way to stem gun violence and po tensitentially prevent tragedies like this summer's colorado theater massacre and the business shooting recently. both the president and romney support it. >> i believe in the second amendment. i believe in people's lawful right to bear arms. >> i will protect the second amendment rights of the american people. >> reporter: both sides stick to the constitution with president obama fighting criticism from any national rifle association. >> i won't take your shotgun away, i won't take your rifle away, i won't take your hyunan away. >> the fact he hasn't tried won't placate them. >> all that first term lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the second amendment during his second term. >> reporter: romney has been actively cultivating the nra, a switch on the once toug
the fans. one again, 70,000 calls to the nfl. you had the president weighing in on this, mitt romney weighing in about it. there were calls for goodell to resign because he wasn't managing things the way he should have been. it was really the pressure coming in from the fans, from everyone watching nfl to get this done. >> we all know that a deal is not a deal until the signatures are sign. until we design the papers. is it done? as far as we know, is there any chance this could fall through at this point? >> it has to be ratified by the referees association. but all indications are very clear, this is a done deal. and then we'll get back to having the regular refs on the field. as you said at the top, let's see how long the honeymoon lasts. right? a year from now we'll be back to criticizing them again. >> jason carroll, appreciate that. thank you very much. i'm sure everybody is glad we're having this story on this morning. >>> former nfl referee red cashion joins us in the next hour. the nfl asked him to help train the replacement officials. you know what his response was? >> what
trail both here in new hampshire and ohio, his boss mitt romney is hunkering down, getting ready for the debate on wednesday, the first presidential showdown between him and president barack obama. romney spending a lot of this weekend in debate preparation. the same thing for the president. he's off the campaign trail today, tomorrow he does go out to nevada, but he's spending a lot of this weekend, we believe, behind closed doors getting ready. meanwhile, both campaigns are playing the expectations game, trying to lower the bar for their candidates. even the candidates themselves are doing it. take a listen to mitt romney recently on the campaign trail. >> he's president of the united states, he's a very effective speaker. >> he's a very eloquent speaker, and so i'm sure in the debates, as last time in his debates with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> it's not only mitt romney and his campaign playing the game. so is the obama campaign. >> what history tells us, that challengers normally win the first debate. just by the fact that they're standing on the stage with th
on tape trying to register only mitt romney supporters. take a look. >> hi. >> i am polling people, but would you vote for romney or obama. >> wait. i thought you were registering voters a minute ago. >> okay. >> i am. >> who are you registered? all voters? >> i'm actually trying to register people for a particular party because we're out here in support of romney actually. >> and who's paying you for this? >> oh -- let me see. we're working for the county clerk's office. >> okay. you cannot come out here and register one party, lady. are you working for the county clerk's office? i've got it all on tape. you're working on the county clerk's office? >> i believe so yes. >> you're only registering romney's people? >> we're trying to. >> and you're working for the county's office? what's your name. >> she said she was working for the county clerk's office but the county clerk said that's not true. he also said my office will not engage in partisan voter renl station, although he asked asking a preferential question before registering is not illegal now, cnn has not been able to confi
. >>> president barack obama and mitt romney are about to come face-to-face for their first presidential debate. it happens wednesday night in denver. both candidates have been practicing for the event and both campaigns are trying to lower expectations by presenting their candidate as the underdog. while the candidates prepare for the debate, their running mates are courting voters, as well, in critical battleground states. republican paul ryan is in new hampshire and ohio today and vice president joe biden is wrapping up a two-day swing through florida right now. right now, live pictures. he is holding a rally there and talking to supporters in ft. myers. >>> all right, now to a controversy over the legitimacy of voter registrations in florida. an election official in palm beach county tells cnn as many as 106 voter registration applications may be fraudulent containing false information and fake signatures. the applications were turned in by a consulting firm hired by the republican national committee to register voters. the rnc says it has cut ties with that firm. >>> president obama and mi
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